Marley & Us

Putin Badminton

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That has to be the nicest badminton court I’ve seen, but then again I have not seen that many. I wonder if Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (right) informed President Dmitry Medvedev (left) that this was going to be a mixed doubles match.

Qué mañoso Volodya, qué mañoso.

When I saw this pic, it reminded me of that Taco Bell commercial starring Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaq back in the day.

Yes I know the constant posting of Vladimir Putin’s activities remind you, gentle reader, of a certain number by Animotion. What song? Let’s go to the tape…

Our Dogs are Children, Our Children are Evidence

Please don’t misconstrue this post as another tired attempt at bemoaning how this country has gone into the toilet (to quote Chris Rock, “we’re losing everything”).

As if this nation was Utopia before certain ‘progressive’ elements imposed their worldview on the culture. It never was, it never will be, after all the literal meaning of Utopia is ‘no place’.

Let us also keep in mind what the Rob Bell (below) said.rob-bell1

His words are as follows,

Why blame the dark for being dark? It is far more helpful to ask why the light isn’t as bright as it could be

All that being said, check out the following story:

Miami abortion clinic owner threw live baby away, prosecutors say

If we can get past the contradictions in the headline and actually go into the story, it is acknowledged that the accused is alleged to

…delivering a live baby during a botched procedure and then throwing the infant away.

The child of course is dead, so what kind of charges is this woman facing? Involuntary manslaughter? Criminal neglect? Homicide?

No, rather “practicing medicine without a license and tampering with evidence.”

Where is Andy Rooney when you need him?

Michael Vick’s Pay Cut

Our economy is not the strongest that much is clear. Perhaps no one has taken a bigger pay cut in the last couple of years than former Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick.

Granted, his “pay cut” was due to a rash of bad decisions he made which subsequently landed him in the clink.

According to this story, “Vick wants to play, but what team would risk it?”,

In 2006 [Vick] made nearly $15 million. Recently he reported total income of $12.89 for an entire month.

That’s $12.89 as in 12 dollars and 89 cents. This from someone who, before things went terribly bad, categorized a $1,000 check to his mother as “chump change.”

Guau… Provided my math is correct, that is a 97,000% pay cut. Ouch!

Here’s Vick making $7211/hr.

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Here is an excerpt from Vick’s statement after pleading guilty to dogfighting charges,

I’m upset with myself, and, you know, through this situation I found Jesus and asked him for forgiveness and turned my life over to God. And I think that’s the right thing to do as of right now.

Here’s hoping that during his time in prison was spent fruitfully in nurturing the relationship he claims to have found, though to be sure it is Jesus who found him and not the other way around.

As for his return to the NFL, why not? It’s not like dog fighting is the unforgivable sin

Evolution: The Evidence

It seems that some Chinese cats have taken the next step in their evolution.

Here’s one of the transitional animals (obviously this is punctuated equilibrium not gradualism, so take that Dr. Dawkins):

Either that or Fluffy has been putting away Red Bull at prodigious rates.

This is the story:
Ready for take-off, Tiddles? Meet the cats which have sprouted wings

Smithers, Release the Hounds

The execution of Mr. Burns’ (right) famous command spells certain doom to any interloper foolishly attempting to storm his palatial estate.

Especially when said interloper is one Homer J. Simpson.

However I don’t think that Mr. Burns’ hounds would be very intimidating to the deer in the following story:

Pictured: The orphan deer adopted by a pack of bloodthirsty fox hounds

From the story,
The pack immediately accepted the lost fallow deer when they found him shivering by the Thompsons’ front gate just an hour after he had been born.

Rather than being overwhelmed by the attention of such a large pack of dogs, from the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray hunt, the confused little fawn thought he’d found his family.
Here’s a pic of the honorary hound,

One only hopes that the hounds don’t come to their “senses” and rip the poor deer to shreds.

Cruelty to Animals: Cat Wigs

I have always liked cats (it doesn’t mean I think they’re people though), maybe it’s their independence and the fact that unlike dogs, they don’t grovel and bend over backwards to seek the attention of their owners.

Maybe it’s the lithe agility that a “common” house cat has in gobs.

Then one runs across sites like these,
Kitty Wigs!, which seem to rob the cat of his dignity. A sample,

Isn’t it great how the company assures owners that 20% of the proceeds from the wigs go to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals) when the wigs are cruelty incarnate?

Maybe their donation is akin to carbon credits…

H/t : Geekologie

Pet Funerals: a Sign of Confused Times

Most everyone has had a pet at some point in their lives, thus most everyone has had to deal with the death of a pet.

Growing up we had cats, and we lost a couple of them. We did what most people out in the sticks do: you dig a hole, put the carcass in a shoebox, say a few words and bury it.

Apparently things have progressed way beyond that, at least according to this,
Pet-Only Funeral Home Opens In Fla.

Not surprising given the confusion of many a pet owner (some would never call themselves ‘owners’) regarding the fact that pets are not people.

I know an owner who has said that she cares more about her dogs than others care about their children, her reasoning? She spends more money on her dogs than people do on her children.

Yes, because money is ultimately what determines value.

Back to the story, this quote needs no further commentary,

“We started the business because I don’t have two-legged children,” Pet Angel Memorial owner Colleen Ellis said. “All I have is four-legged children and I wanted her treated in the same way as the human funeral business, which is the business I come from.”

The Puli

I have a soft spot for Chows (blogged about it here), but I’m not a dog lover. Like mentioned in the aforementioned post, my fondness for Chows stems from actually having known one.

The same cannot be said of my fondness for the Puli (below) since I have not had the privilege of having known one.

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This one is from a recent dog show in Germany.

My first exposure to this breed was in the album notes of Bush’s Sixteen Stone. Lead singer Gavin Rossdale’s puli (below) was featured within.

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A non-dog lover’s soft spot for Chows

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I don’t like dogs. I said it, it had to be said, somebody had to say it. Perhaps that statement puts me in many people’s em, doghouse, but I have my reasons.

Hopefully, said people don’t equate me with Michael Vick (at worst) or think that I somehow applaud Vick’s deplorable actions (at best).

That being said, if a dog were to actually be brought into our house as a pet, it would be a chow (the chow above participated in the 2008 Westminster Dog Show). Why? I have always liked chows, perhaps because they don’t look like dogs, or maybe its their cool purple tongues.

More than likely it is due to the efforts of a chow named Sebastian who lived next door to my folks’ house. This furry fellow would patrol our street tirelessly with class and aplomb. When his owner would come over for a visit, he would escort her to our front door as an equal not some impotent and spineless em, lapdog.

When I would come home, he would greet me with a curt and majestic nod as he regally sat in his pet’s front yard (Sebastian was the owner). Thanks Sebastian for the memories and for representing your species well, if you could only teach other dogs (not to mention some owners) to do the same.

Texas Tech Says No to “Vick ‘Em”

In no way do I condone what Michael Vick admitted to doing, that is, fighting dogs for “sport” and/or gambling, and brutally killing the dogs that did not perform per Mr. Vick’s standards.

That being said, I think the current flap over a t-shirt being sold in Lubbock in preparation for this Saturday’s game against Texas A&M is a fine example of inconsistent overreaction.

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The shirt is a play on the Texas A&M motto, “Gig ’em” on the front. Seeming how the Aggie mascot is a female collie by the name of Reveille (yes, Texas A&M’s mascot is a female dog), the clear implication of the back of shirt is for the Texas Tech football team to do to the Aggies what Vick might to do Reveille, kill her.

Seeming how the Red Raiders have handled the Aggies the past 2 times they’ve played in Lubbock, the shirt does not seem too far fetched.

According to this story,

Tech officials announced the fraternity that sold the shirts was suspended temporarily and will face judicial review for allegedly violating the solicitation section of the students’ code of conduct. The school said it wouldn’t allow the sale on campus of items that are “derogatory, inflammatory, insensitive, or in such bad taste.”

No more shirts are being produced, the school said in a release.

Look, the shirt is in poor taste no question about it but banning its production?

If the frat that made these shirts makes a shirt showing a Longhorn being barbecued would there be this much outrage from the general public? Would Tech officials ban that shirt? I’m guessing not, because of the way dogs are viewed in this culture as almost-people.

The fact that we choose not to eat dog does not change the FACT that they’re still animals. True, animals which have been entrusted to us by God and therefore not to mistreat, but I think it is endemic in the U.S.A. to (incorrectly) view dogs as people, and unfortunately vice versa.

When I was at Texas, a student organization (can’t remember which) sold shirts prior to the annual Texas-Texas A&M match up. The shirts had “Gag ’em Aggies” on the front with a picture of a Longhorn receiving oral sex from a female Aggie cadet on the back.

I would say this shirt was more offensive than the one pictured above, yet UT administration not only did not lift a finger to prevent the sale of the shirt, it permitted this group to sell it on campus, inside Jester dormitory!